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No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars

Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars, anyone?

A lot of cereal bars get eaten in our house. I would rather my little ones ate nice snacks and not some additive bar with a bit of cereal in it, which is why I used to buy organic children’s bars (looking at their price, you would think they have gold leaf in them!). Not only were they expensive, but I also found them rather disgusting when I tried them. My children like them, but I would never choose to eat them, so I thought I would try to make our own cereal bars, using white chocolate and cranberries.

These No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars are moreish, delicious & take little time to put together. Perfect in lunchboxes or as a sweet treat.

I have been making these cranberry & white chocolate cereal bars with the children, changing something here, something here for the past nine months or so and we all love them.

These No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars are moreish, delicious & take little time to put together. Perfect in lunchboxes or as a sweet treat.

I finally got our white chocolate and cranberry cereal bar recipe absolutely perfect recently.

These No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars are moreish, delicious & take little time to put together. Perfect in lunchboxes or as a sweet treat.

Crevette has them in his lunchbox, Beanie eats them as a mid-afternoon afternoon treat, I have them with a cup of  tea, hubby takes them to work as a snack and we sometimes have them for dessert (why not, hey!).

 No Bake Cranberry and White Chocolate Cereal Bars are delicious

They are tasty and take minutes to put together.

These No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars are moreish, delicious & take little time to put together. Perfect in lunchboxes or as a sweet treat.

You can keep them at room temperature in a sealed container for a few days or freeze them for when you have nothing to put in a lunchbox (yours or the kids’).

No Bake Cranberry and White Chocolate Cereal Bars are Ideal for Lunchboxes

You can swap the white chocolate and cranberries for whatever you fancy. I tried a triple chocolate and marshmallow combination that was rather moreish!

No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars

Healthy, Gluten and Nut Free Cereal Bars
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (55g) butter
  • 1/4 cup (85g) honey
  • 1/3 cup (70g) light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (8g) vanilla sugar
  • 2 cups (200g) oats
  • 1 cup (30g) toasted rice cereal
  • 1/3 cup (50g) dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup (50g) white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter, honey, brown sugar and vanilla sugar over a medium heat. When it starts bubbling, reduce the heat and cook for three more minutes.
  2. In the meantime, mix the oats and rice cereal in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the contents of the saucepan over the dry ingredients, and mix well to ensure the oats and cereal are coated in the sticky mixture. Add the cranberries and stir. Leave to cool slightly for 5 minutes and add the white chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into a 22 x 17cm (8.5x6.5 inches) rectangular dish and press down so it all sticks together (thickness of about 2cm, or ¾ in).
  5. Cover and leave to cool at room temperature for two hours before cutting into bars. Store them at room temperature in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

If your cereal bars are coming apart as you are cutting them, try pressing them down a bit more, and leaving them in the fridge for 20 minutes (do not leave them in there any longer or they will be rock hard!).

Just a short video with Emily from ‘A Mummy Too’ to recap it all:

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These No Bake Cranberry & White Chocolate Cereal Bars are moreish, delicious & take little time to put together. Perfect in lunchboxes or as a sweet treat.

41 Comments

  1. 23/01/2014 / 3:17 pm

    Love this recipe-the pretty food styling and your professional shots-stunning! Would love to have you join #tastytuesdays whenever you can. Thanks for joining!

    • Mel
      Author
      23/01/2014 / 7:46 pm

      Hi Vicky,
      Thanks. Oh my goodness, you actually wrote “food styling” and “professional shots”, not “professional looking”, which makes me really proud of my photos. I do try hard to take beautiful photos, but until you get feedback, you are never sure they are good enough. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. You really made my evening! Mel

  2. 23/01/2014 / 3:18 pm

    Are you on twitter? Couldn’t find you-I’m @honestmummy

    • Mel
      Author
      23/01/2014 / 7:50 pm

      Well… I have actually only just got an Instagram account and Facebook page (both less than a week old), which are already two huge steps towards “blogging for real” in my world (I am such a neophyte!). I have not looked into Twitter yet, but it is on my list. If I was going with all those social media tools, I would not have time for my day job! I have no idea how everyone in the blogging world does it! Mel

  3. 24/01/2014 / 9:27 am

    Hehe! Twitter is addictive but great way to connect with others and promote your blog! Hope you can join in with #tastytuesdays next week!

    • Mel
      Author
      25/01/2014 / 12:12 am

      I will have to get on it at some point… X Mel

  4. Emily @amummytoo
    25/01/2014 / 10:17 pm

    Loooove the fact that they’re no bake. They look delish – great photos. Thanks so much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve Tweeted and Pinned this post and there’s a fresh linky live now. I would love you to join in x

    • Mel
      Author
      25/01/2014 / 10:26 pm

      Thanks! Mel

  5. 30/03/2014 / 8:16 pm

    Like the idea of dairy free with mini marshmallows instead of choc chips. What would you suggest I could use in place of the honey?

    • Mel
      Author
      30/03/2014 / 8:21 pm

      You could try smooth peanut butter instead of the honey for a chewy, moreish batch of cereal bars. It will melt nicely and will bind all the ingredients together nicely. Mel

      • 30/03/2014 / 8:32 pm

        thank you for that. we are nut free but lovers of the new wow butter, truly amazing stuff.

        • Mel
          Author
          30/03/2014 / 9:00 pm

          I have never heard of ‘wow butter’, what is it? I am intrigued! Mel

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  7. 12/04/2015 / 11:27 am

    This is definitely something I need to make 🙂
    These bars look soooooo tasty

    • Mel
      Author
      13/04/2015 / 12:12 am

      They are, Winnie! I have all the ingredients ready in my kitchen for tomorrow morning. I haven’t made them in a couple of months and I started craving them last week!

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